I picked up a nice Reader’s Digest edition of Boris Pasternak’s “Doctor Zhivago” at the local library book sale today. I had seen the movie with Omar Sharif many years ago and thought it was great, so I figured it was time to read the book.
Russian novels can be a bit overwhelming. I found that out by reading “The Brothers Karamazov” a few years back. They are also some of the most spiritual novels on the planet. The London Times once wrote of Pasternak’s masterpiece: “If one word could be used to describe this remarkable novel as a whole, it would be ‘religious.’ ” The same could be said of many works by Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy.
Interesting that a country noted for the brutal treatment of its people could produce such writers.